Hello there fellow Otakus!
So anime is really popular nowadays, especially here in Santa Cruz County. It's not uncommon to meet people who are starting to get into anime, as well as hardcore fans. Yet every time I meet someone who recognizes anime, I still get excited. I was stopping by the hardware store, picking up some supplies. Then the employee asks what anime my shirt was from. I was wearing my (current) favorite anime t-shirt from Black Butler, with the text "Cats are great. They don't talk about useless things. Or do them." You can probably guess why I love this t-shirt (because my name is Cat... haha). So I replied without thinking, and it took me a second to process that he was interested in anime. If my thought process was a math equation, it would be something like this.
Hardware store + cool guy X black butler - cats t-shirt divided by the square root of anime = FELLOW OTAKU.
So naturally I asked if he was interested in anime, being the nosy person I am. He's a fan of Studio Ghibli (Kiki's Delivery Service, ect..) and his sister has been getting him into anime. Kami-sama bless sisters. But yeah I recommended Attack on Titan, Black Butler, Fairy Tail. All really awesome anime for a beginner. Maybe not so much Attack on Titan, but it is pretty entertaining for the older audience.
What is the moral of today's story? Cherish everyone who loves anime, engage with them, and good lord if you have a sister, go give them a hug. Sisters are great, they get you hooked on quality entertainment.